Cleaner Fuels and More Efficient Vehicles Conference for the Caribbean
3-4 February 2014 in Kingston Jamaica.
The UNEP, FIA Foundation and CARICOM hosted the Cleaner Fuels and More Efficient Vehicles Conference for the Caribbean conference, 3-4 February 2014 in Kingston Jamaica. Attendees included representatives of 6 Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis), the Jamaican Automobile Association, international experts and other local stakeholders (including Petrojam), who took part in a lively discussion around the issues of cleaner fuels, cleaner and more efficient vehicles, and steps needed to reach important targets such as achieving low-sulphur fuels in the Caribbean region. Jamaican State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson kicked off the two-day discussion, which resulted in a statement by Caricom regarding findings from the meeting and priority actions going forward, that was supported by the participating country representatives (attached). Elisa Dumitrescu, Project Manager with the Transport Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme, encouraged participants to “…take full advantage of the expertise and experience in the room today and tomorrow. This is a unique opportunity to develop a common agenda on cleaner fuels and vehicles and to begin shifting energy usage and emission patterns from road transport in the Caribbean. While the region is diverse, reducing import and consumer bills for transport fuels is a common priority.”
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First Clean Fleet Management Training in the Caribbean
22-23 March 2011
The PCFV, together with the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), launched the UNEP Clean Fleet Management Approach in the Caribbean with the Clean Fleet Management Training on 22-23rd March 2011 in St. Lucia. Seventeen fleet managers participated, both public and private from 8 countries in the region (Trinidad, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica). The participants were trained on how to evaluate the emissions from their fleets and put in place strategies and technologies to reduce both CO2 and non-CO2 emissions, using the UNEP Clean Fleet Toolkit, which is now available online in both English and Spanish. The UNEP Clearing House of the PCFV and CEHI will follow up with the countries that participated on their clean and efficient fleet strategies.
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First Clean Fleet Management Training - Latin America and the Caribbean
24-25 September 2009
The PCFV, together with the Centro Mario Molina Center Chile, launched the UNEP Clean Fleet Management Approach in Latin America and the Caribbean with the first Clean Fleet Management Training in the region on 24-25th September 2009 in Santiago, Chile. Twenty one fleet managers participated, both public and private from 7 countries in the region (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Uruguay). The participants were trained on how to evaluate the emissions from their fleets and put in place strategies and technologies to reduce both CO2 and non-CO2 emissions, using the UNEP Clean Fleet Toolkit, which is now available online in both English and Spanish. The UNEP Clearing House of the PCFV will follow up with the countries that participated on their clean and efficient fleet strategies. More >>
Air Quality Guide for Central America
The PCFV, together with the USEPA and the Kukulkan Foundation, have published a guide to air quality specifically geared to the Central America subregion: 'Central America Air Quality Regional Analysis and National/Municipal Reference Guidance'. The guide includes an analysis of current air quality status and issues in Central America and an A to Z of air quality management basics, strategies, and cost-effective control mechanisms. The reference guide is targeted to decision makers and the general public both at national and municipal levels.
Ministers of Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean
Adopt Low Sulphur Fuel Target
Ministers attending the Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the Dominican Republic agreed 'to promote the reduction of sulphur content in fuels, targeting a goal of 50 parts per million of sulphur with an emphasis on countries with air quality problems in their metropolitan areas.'
Decision 8 of the Forum on Better Fuels for Better Air Quality acknowledges the work of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) in the region to date, advocates improving fuel quality in LAC in line with the global goals of the PCFV, recognizes ongoing efforts by countries to improve fuel quality, and requests technical, financial and capacity support, especially at the country level.
The PCFV sponsored the South America Sulphur in Vehicle Fuels Conference 13-14 February 2007 in Quito, where participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Suriname agreed that a subregional target of 50 parts per million sulphur diesel is attainable by all countries within the next few years, and recommended bringing cleaner fuels and vehicles, including the issue of a regional approach to low-sulphur fuels, to the region's Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment. Similar PCFV meetings in Central America have yielded recommendations for a regional endorsement of low-sulphur fuels and complementary vehicle standards and technology. » Read more
Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean
Fuel quality will be discussed during the Preparatory Meeting of High Level Government Experts (to be held from Sunday 27th to Tuesday 29th January 2008), in which several representatives of sub-regional and inter-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies will participate. At this preparatory meeting of experts, an agenda of environmental issues of regional significance will be reviewed and proposals advanced for consideration at the Ministerial Segment, to be held from Wednesday 30th January to Friday 1st February 2008.
The UNEP-based Clearing-House of the PCFV has been working together with partners in the region and the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure that low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicles standards for improved air quality are on the forum agenda and will be discussed by ministers during the ministerial segment.
For more information on this activity and the upcoming meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All documents for the Forum are available from
South America Sulphur in Vehicle Fuels Conference
With support from the European Union and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the PCFV, together with the Corporacin Para el Mejoramiento del Aire de Quito (CORPAIRE), organized a subregional conference focusing on sulphur reduction in fuels and cleaner diesel technologies in South America 13-14 February 2007 at the Swisstel in Quito. The Conference was formally opened by the Mayor of Quito, the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Environment of Ecuador. >> Read more
CANADAevaluating emission and fuel standards for new and in-use vehicles;
reporting on recent advances in fuels, engines, and emission control systems, and
conducting on-road evaluations of vehicle emissions in two of four planned urban centres (Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil) in the region to determine real-world emissions factors.
Improving Air Quality in Latin American Cities
Environment Canada, along with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is working with members of the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Oil Companies (ARPEL) to investigate potential fuel quality improvements, including sulfur level reductions, and emission control system upgrades that would provide the most cost-effective emission benefits. This is being done in consideration of the current and future needs of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) fleet, such as the level of vehicle maintenance and the direction of government policy in the region. Activities that have been undertaken in the past two years include:
Clean Air Initiative in Latin American Cities (CAI-LAC)
The Clean Air Initiative in Latin American Cities (CAI-LAC) focuses on reversing the deterioration of urban air quality in the cities of the region that results from rapid urbanization, increased vehicular transport, and industrial production. Air pollution has been shown to cause thousands of premature deaths and billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity each year across the continent.
Visit the CAI-LAC website.
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